Book: The Death of Wolverine #1
Writer: Charles Soule
Art: Steve McNiven
Summary from Comixology: “The beginning of the end is now here: the death of Wolverine! With three months to live due to the loss of his healing factor, Wolverine’s demise will be the single most important X-Men event of the decade. Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does, but even the best fade away eventually. Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, and a teacher. Now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he’s never played before.”
Let me preface this review by saying that I have not been reading the Wolverine series that built up to this event. In fact, none of us here at 4LN have. You might think that makes us poser nerds for not regularly reading Wolverine but frankly we’ve very preoccupied with other books. I should also let you know that I will attempt to keep this spoiler-free, but there will be some small, virtually un-revealing things mentioned…
Anyway, I have no idea what world this story takes place in, but it sure as hell doesn’t appear to the same universe as some of the other books I’ve been reading. For example, Nuke makes an appearance here and I distinctly remember his overzealously-patriotic ass getting blown up in Captain America. Also, Wolverine was just in the past couple issues of Ms. Marvel, where he did mention not having his healing ability, but he didn’t seem to be in any danger of death. I’m not entirely certain as to how the chronology of these stories lines up, but it seems to me that we probably haven’t seen the last of Logan entirely right now. If you do know the way this story fits in with some of the other Marvel series that Wolverine is also featured in currently, please enlighten us in the comments.
The Good –
The evolution of the story in this issue is very well arranged. From where Logan starts to the revelation at the end, it paces very well and doesn’t drag or become boring. This is something Charles Soule has always been great at. He really knows how to craft a great story that keeps you engaged and entertained. Here we find him navigating Logan through the beginning of what is sure to be an exhaustive and bleak end for the man formerly known as “unkillable”.
The artwork is fantastic. There are some pages that are clean and bright, without seeming polished or “phoned in”, but then there are other moments where the panels are more rough and visceral, but they never feel lazy or unfinished. Even not being familiar with the Logan’s journey to this point, I very much enjoyed the artwork of the book.
The Bad –
I didn’t find anything about this book that I could define as “bad”, but I will say that, to echo some of what I said previously, if you haven’t been reading the books leading up to this, you may find yourself lost. Additionally, the price tag of $4.99 is kind of a high cost to pay for one issue of a comic. However, I will clarify that NOTHING about the story or the artwork disappointed me.
The Final Say –
This book is a must have. Period. Even if you haven’t been keeping up with the Wolverine saga, how can you justifiably pass up an opportunity to pick up this number 1? I give it a 4 out of 4. Subsequent issues will prove whether or not this gimmick can last, but for now it’s a solid piece of work.